A fourth person was arrested in Spain for the deadly beating of a young homosexual Samuel Luiz in the Galician city of La Coruña, an event that scandalized the country, the police announced on Thursday.
Last Tuesday, three young men – two boys and a girl – were arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crime of Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant who died on Saturday of a beating in that city of Galicia (northwest).
As the police explained to AFP, the fourth detainee is a boy between 20 and 25 years old, suspected of murder.
The one arrested, according to the police, is “a friend of the other three,” and like them, “he did not know the victim.” This is a circumstance for which the authorities have not yet ventured to affirm that it was a homophobic crime, and they keep “all hypotheses” open.
Samuel Luiz Muniz was found unconscious near a nightclub due to the blows he suffered. The rescue services tried to revive him for hours, but finally the young man passed away on Saturday morning.
The investigation continues and the case is kept secret.
Samuel Luiz, of a Brazilian father and born in Brazil, was beaten on the street by several people over 200 meters, and according to the first elements of the autopsy he died of a serious head injury caused by a kick to the head, indicated the local press.
His father, Maxsoud Luiz, told the Spanish channel Antena 3 that his son was with three friends at the time of the event.
The crime unleashed a wave of indignation in Spain and provoked demonstrations of rejection in Madrid and La Coruña, just as the week of LGTB Pride had just been celebrated.
His closest circle assures that the aggressors acted out of pure homophobia and attacked him with shouts of “f*g”.
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